Brussels, 11 April 2012 - Having grown up in a world where the free movement of people, goods, services and capital between the 27 countries of the European Union has always been a fact of life, young adults born in 1992 are in a unique position of being able to offer a fresh perspective on the European single market.
For this reason, the European Commission is targeting this 'Generation 1992' with a creativity competition aimed at tapping into the views, experiences, insights and expectations of what the single market means to young Europeans today. The competition, which is being launched today, is open to all European citizens born between 1 January and 31 December 1992. Entrants can submit an original essay, video, photograph, cartoon or smart phone application and can chose to focus on one of four categories: education and citizenship; jobs and entrepreneurship; culture and leisure and consumers and environment.
Michel Barnier, Commissioner for internal market and services, said: "In 1992, we had great hopes for the single market. Looking back, it has indeed helped citizens work anywhere they want, made trade easier and brought more jobs. However, 20 years on there is a feeling that progress towards a true single market has stalled. We need to relaunch the single market in order to give young adults born in 1992 renewed hope and greater opportunities. And we need this future generation to contribute to the development of our internal market policies for the next 20 years."
The competition is one of a number of events organised across the EU to mark the 20th anniversary of the European single market. The activities, which will culminate in the Single Market Week for New Growth from 15 to 20 October 2012, will focus in particular on recalling the achievements of the single market and highlighting the new initiatives aimed at stimulating growth. The Single Market Week will be organised in conjunction with the SME week and will conclude with a national forum in Cyprus (holding the Council presidency) on 20 October. During this week, a number of national events in several different Member States will bring together citizens, business, public organisations etc. to examine and discuss the state of the single market in a national context.
Entries for the competition are to be submitted online and the most outstanding ones will be posted on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Prizes – including tablets, smartphones, cameras, MP3 players and travel passes – will be awarded on an ongoing basis from April to September. In addition, 4-week internships in the European Institutions as well as in international companies will be offered to winners for each category of the competition. Twenty winners will be invited to take part in the Single Market Week in October, where they will present their winning entries at the award ceremony on 15 October.